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Phone: ( 605) 394- 6082/ 2554 • Fax: ( 605) 394- 3388
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
( November 25, 1998)
SDSM& T SOLAR CAR TO BE DISPLAYED AT RUSHMORE MALL OVER THANKSGIVING WEEKEND/
TEAM WILL SELL RAFFLE TICKETS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR NATIONAL SUNRAYCE COMPETITION
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) Solar Motion Team members will have their solar- powered car on display at the Rushmore Mall during the Thanksgiving weekend this Friday and Saturday. The solar car designed and raced by SDSM& T students will be displayed in the mall area near the Eddie Bauer’s store.
In addition to having their solar car on display, the SDSM& T students will be selling raffle tickets to raise the necessary funds to participate in the highly competitive national intercollegiate Sunrayce that will be held next summer. Raffle tickets cost $ 5 each or 6 for $ 25. The prizes include: 1st place-$ 1500 computer system; 2nd- matching Black Hills Gold watches; 3- 3rd place – Black Hills Gold watch; and 4 – 4th place- $ 25 gift certificates. The drawing will be held December 18th with proceeds going to the SDSM& T Solar Motion Team.
Individuals will have an opportunity to visit one- on- one with the solar team members about their experiences in designing and using solar- powered vehicles. Dakota Heat is the name of the solar car that SDSM& T will be racing in Sunrayce ’ 99.
Sunrayce is a biennial intercollegiate competition among student teams that design, build and race solar- powered cars in a challenging long- distance event. Sponsors include General Motors, the U. S. Department of Energy, and EDS. The competition fosters student proficiency in business and product development, creativity, resourcefulness, technical innovation, engineering excellence, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
SDSM& T’s solar car entry in Sunrayce ’ 97 was one of only 35 vehicles that completed the 1,240 mile cross- country race from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs. SDSM& T is the only university in an 11- state region ( Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) that entered a vehicle in Sunrayce ’ 97. The team won the “ Team Spirit Award” for its persistence and “ never give up” attitude. The highest placing rookie team in Sunrayce ’ 95, SDSM& T won the Best Use of Technology Award and the Humanitarian Award.
For additional information about the SDSM& T Solar MotionTeam, individuals should contact Ken Harding, Team Leader, at ( 605) 394- 2213.
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